#SpoilerFreeReviews

    Written by: Aaron (Dobler) Goldstein. Follow along on twitter.

    Ant-man and The Wasp

    “Ant-man and The Wasp” is more fun than the first but just like its predecessor, it is in search of a better big-bad.

    Won't You Be My Neighbor

    “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” is tear-inducing / crowd-pleasing documentary filmmaking at it’s finest.

    It’s the best doc that personifies defying adversity with acts of kindness that I’ve seen since 2016’s “Gleason.”

    Tag

    “Tag”definitely has “it.”

    It = the perfect blend of heart and comedy for a fun movie-going experience.

    My GF may or may not have peed her pants laughing so hard…

    Hereditary

    “Hereditary” is a polarizing attempt that at times captures the muted slow-burn tone of “Rosemary’s Baby” and at other times stumbles towards M. Night kookiness.

    Upgrade

    “Upgrade” is the best “Black Mirror” episode never made.

    Dead Pool 2

    “Dead Pool 2” led me to believe that Disney had mastered the art of creating business & audience value in franchise movie making, then “Solo” came along and completely destroyed that trust.

    Tully

    “Tully” is grown-up fairy tale dose of birth control that is as captivating as it is profoundly moving.

    No Holds Barred

    From what I saw, the latest Marvel sequel plays like a “No Holds Barred” WWE (F) championship match full of comic book exposition with frequent funny one-liners. Will you be entertained? Yes.

    Also, should I feel guilty for sleeping through the entire Infinity War of the film’s title?

    A Quiet Place

    “A Quiet Place” pays homage to S4 E10 (Hush) of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” while standing on it’s own as not just a brilliant genre film that demands repeat viewings, but one of the best of 2018.

    Rampage

    “Rampage” is the “Pacific Rim” sequel that audiences deserve

    Ready Player One

    With “Ready Player One,” Spielberg does his best to imitate James Cameron’s filmmaking style and adapts the ultimate nerd-culture bible to the big-screen.

    In the process, he removes any semblance of empathy - creating an empty caloric popcorn experience stuffed to the brim with jaw-dropping VFX, quick one-liners and an extremely clever use of 80’s nostalgia.

    - Will fans (me included) of the book be upset with this adaptation? Nope.

    - Will this push VR a step closer to mass-adoption? Nope.

    - Will audiences remember anything they’ve seen upon leaving the theatre? Nope (except for one sequence that I dare not spoil).

    - Will you be entertained? YES.

    Isle of the Dogs

    “Isle of the Dogs” is the best movie about the immigration debate of 2018.

    Pacific Rim: Uprising

    “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is the best sub-par Transformer sequel Michael Bay didn’t make.

    Love, Simon

    “Love, Simon” tells a story that has been done countless times before, with an original “Dear Evan Hanson” story structure that makes for an honest teen-character driven must-see cinematic experience.

    A Wrinkle in Time

    I fell asleep for what felt like “A Wrinkle in Time,” and then the movie was over.

    Annihilation

    “Annihilation” is the most challenging/thought provoking sci-fi film since “Arrival.” Unlike “Arrival,” it is missing the one key ingredient that would’ve kept the audience engaged…empathy.

    One more thought - was the Lighthouse in this film inspired by “BioShock?”

    Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Wes Ball will one day direct a great action movie…that movie unfortunately does not have the words, “Maze Runner” in it.

    Darkest Hour

    “Darkest Hour” — Just give Gary Oldman the Oscar already and Joe Wright a British RomCom to direct

    Phantom Thread

    Now that Paul Thomas Anderson has spent the last decade making films about unlikeable obsessive characters (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Master,” and now “Phantom Thread”), it is time for him to return to the previous decade, and make films about likable obsessive characters again (“Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” and “Hard Eight”).

    Long-winded #SpoilerFreeReview for “Phantom Thread,” when I could’ve just wrote: 😴💤

    #MakePTAndersonGreatAgain